The image today is of a rustic 400 square foot warming hut that sits about mid-way up the mountain at Skibowl. It was built during the same time as Timberline Lodge and has a similar look and feel, without the size. There is an old stone fireplace to warm skiers, and food and drink available as well. The easiest way to access the hut is by riding the chairlift during the winter and then skiing down to it.
After six months of no offers on the house, we are now upping our game coming into Spring. When we first put it on the market we hired Spade & Archer to stage the house. We had used them for our previous house and truly credit their work to helping to sell the house. Since our first experience the organization has grown and now they operate using a very formulaic process which did not have the outcome we were hoping for.
A guiding theme of their philosophy is to make houses as bright as possible, and stage them in such a way that potential buyers will see themselves in the house. Fine, except that meant repainting our vaulted stairway and every room upstairs a bright, cold white. As Kelly and I were painting we knew in our heart that it was a mistake, but we listened to our head and were convinced we would have an offer in no time. So during the past couple of days, we completely repainted – for a second time – the massive stairway and entire upstairs the colors our designer originally told us to use (before hiring the stagers). And as you might imagine, it now looks amazing! I will be seriously surprised if it does not sell soon.
Moral of the story: Listen to your heart!